Skip to main content

New fund will support Ramsey County’s initiative to reduce non-public safety-related traffic stops.

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation will host a new fund called the Ramsey County Public Safety Fund. The primary purpose of the Fund is to support Ramsey County’s initiative to reduce non-public safety-related traffic stops. Specifically, funds raised will go to support research, activities related to the creation of needed infrastructure to remotely inform motorists of equipment violations, and financial support to help assist low-income motorists repair vehicle equipment.

These types of stops — sometimes referred to as pretextual stops — disproportionally affect Black and brown communities and undermine the trust in the work police do every day to serve and protect the public. Studies show that Black drivers in Saint Paul are nearly 4 times more likely to be pulled over than white drivers, which means long-term law enforcement practices of pulling drivers over for non-public-safety reasons have disproportionately impacted people of color and those living in under-resourced communities.

In an effort to decrease unnecessary public safety stops and build trust and safety for our community, Ramsey County is implementing a new county-wide policy on non-public-safety stops.

County Attorney John Choi is working with Saint Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell and other police leaders in Ramsey County on a partnership to cease pulling motorists over for these minor violations, which can often turn into major and sometimes life-threatening situations, especially for people of color. In addition, this initiative seeks to address head-on the stark racial disparities that exist in policing and in our criminal justice system by enacting meaningful change that has been demanded from BIPOC communities for decades.

At the Foundation, we know this is not just a Saint Paul problem or a Ramsey County problem, but one that affects all of our communities. This style of policing is endemic in law enforcement culture across the United States, fueled by a longstanding belief that it nets public safety results. However, non-public-safety stops only net contraband 2 -15% of the time.

These numbers prove that these stops are not worth the safety risk of our community or our officers. The Foundation, along with the Minnesota Council on Foundations, recently convened philanthropic leaders from across the state who support this effort.

More Stories

What Is a Community Foundation?

Learn how a community foundation works and can help you achieve your charitable goals in this short video.

Watch the video

Foundation Welcomes Tsega Tamene as Senior Director of Community Impact

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation announced that Tsega Tamene will be joining the Foundation as Senior Director of Community Impact.

Read the news

Foundation Selected as Grantmaking Partner

Kari Onyancha hired by the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation to support new relationship

Read the news

Operationalizing Equity

Chief Operating Officer Nadege Souvenir discusses how the Foundation weaves equity into everything we do.

Learn More

Daniel Lemm Joins Board of Directors

Daniel Lemm brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his appointment.

Read the news

Foundation Welcomes Jennifer Vickerman as a Gift Planner

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation announced that Jennifer Vickerman will be joining the Foundation as a Gift Planner.

Read the news

2023: A Year of Collective Collaboration

2023 was a year of collaboration. See how partnerships led to aligned action in our 2023 year in review.

View Our 2023 Year In Review

Foundations Announce $11.6 Million in 2023 Second Round Community Grants

Grants will provide funding resources for community organizations that provide critical resources to Minnesotans across the state.

Read the announcement

GET MONTHLY STORIES, NEWS AND UPDATES

JOIN
US!

* Indicates a required field